By October 9, 2008

Usability in daily life: bad door handle design

I don’t really talk about my career here, but I am a user experience advocate. My job is to evaluate something (typically a Web presence) and determine how to make it easier for people to use that thing.

So when I see stuff like this, it drives me fucking nuts:
http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/4926-2/IMAG0167.jpg

This is in a stairwell to be used in the case of an emergency. Which side do you push on? The accent plate should only be on the side that you push on to open the door. For those of you following along with the home game, that’s the left side.

I have a lot of door pet peeves. I don’t like fixtures with a pull handle that you have to push to open, for example. I’ve seen a lot of dumb door designs, but this might take the cake.

What the hell?

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3 Comments on "Usability in daily life: bad door handle design"

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  1. 1. I had no clue about your job and have to say I find the field very interesting! It’s one of the things a lot of people tend to overlook.

    2. Holy crap that -is- awful design on the door. o_O

  2. GK says:

    I’m always annoyed by the pull handles you’re required to latch onto to exit public restrooms.. I’m sure there’s some engineering/safety reason for that design, but I just don’t get it.

  3. GK, exactly! Why couldn’t the doors swing outwards in public restrooms? That way you could just push on the door with your arm/shoulder when exiting, and wouldn’t have to worry about getting the germs of those who refuse to wash their hands after they do their business?